Islamabad | Responding to Indian criticism of the release of Mumbai attack accused Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi, Pakistan has claimed that inordinate delay in extending cooperation by New Delhi complicated the matter and weakened the prosecutions case against him.
The Pakistan Foreign Office issued a statement last night in this regard after Indian High Commissioner T C A Raghavan met Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry to protest Lakhvis release.
The case of Mumbai attack suspects is sub-judice. It would not be proper to cast aspersions on Pakistans commitment to countering terrorism at a time when Pakistan has entered a critical stage of defeating the menace of terrorism, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said.
She said, We respect the judicial process and are confident that it would serve the interest of justice.
Lakhvi, who was arrested in December 2008, had been originally granted bail in December, but the government kept him detained on temporary orders. He is among the seven accused being tried for involvement in the attack by an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi.
Lakhvi walked out of detention on bail after the Lahore High Court set aside governments orders for keeping him confined.
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